Genomics has given plant scientists the tools to begin developing a comprehensive understanding of how plants function as whole organisms: how they adapt to the environment, fight infection, ward off competition from other plants, and manipulate the behavior of animals such as feeding insects. Our goal is to apply the knowledge of how plants respond to their dynamic environment toward manipulation of crop plants safely and efficiently for better and more sustainable production.

Descriptions of endowments and funds established for CEPCEB are below. We are extremely grateful to all our benefactors who have so generously supported our mission and endeavors. These funds are instrumental in preparing a new generation of scientists for this exciting new era in the biological sciences.

Pictured from left to right: Kelley Clark, Dr. Carolyn Rasmussen, Dr. Julia Bailey-Serres, & Dr. Wenbo Ma

Donations to CEPCEB are used toward a variety of activities and programs that prepare new generations of scientists for the exciting advances in interdisciplinary plant biology.

Established in 2002 to provide critical scholarship support to promising young scientists, these awards annually recognize research excellence in plant cell biology, genomics and bioinformatics by high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.

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The Natasha V. Raikhel Award in Research Innovation and Science Leadership was established in 2016 to honor the legacy of the former IIGB Director, Natasha V. Raikhel, by recognizing pioneering research and effective leadership by an IIGB faculty or non-Academic Senate member.

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Since 2005 and through the generosity of Rochelle Campbell, this endowment recognizes the outstanding research contributions of our talented undergraduates.

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Established in 2013 by Diane Keen, this endowment honors the legacy of her husband and one of CEPCEB’s first members, Noel T. Keen, through the establishment of an annual Distinguished Lecture.

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